Com­ing a crop­per

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THANK god sun­shine and warmth has ar­rived this week. Time for na­ture to catch up on sea­sonal de­lays, and the worse of the sat­u­ra­tion to dry up.

On venues with proper car parks and solid tracks, you may have es­caped sod­den grounds that have been wide­spread in re­cent weeks.

Aside from mind­ing your step, some venues and swims have been a no-go af­ter the wettest March for a decade. I came a crop­per last week af­ter driv­ing down a re­mote track and get­ting bogged in mud. Luck­ily, the shaky mo­bile phone sig­nal just about held to alert the RAC. And some­how their guy, Chris, found me to tow my car free, and en­sure I could get home safely.

I guess the lessons are to take more care, and turn back if it looks risky. We should tell peo­ple where we’re go­ing fish­ing and when we’ll be back… but I think I said the same af­ter the pre­vi­ous two oc­ca­sions I’ve needed to be towed out!

WE’RE de­lighted to bring you an­other new se­ries this week, draw­ing on the im­mense knowl­edge of an an­gler who isn’t just trot­ting out the com­pany line or what’s al­ready been writ­ten.

Archie Braddock is now 80 years young. Like other Mail men past and present, I’ve ad­mired his ap­proach to fish­ing, es­pe­cially with baits. Once dubbed the ‘Nawab of Niffs’, Archie’s Flavour of Fish­ing starts in p.24.

EN­JOY this week’s is­sue, and join us again next Tues­day. TIM KNIGHT


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